The ancient Egyptian Bowstring, hieroglyph
is an Egyptian language
hieroglyph associated with the bow
, and its use as a hieroglyph for the Archer hieroglyph
, a symbol for 'army'. Because of the strength required to "string a bow", with a bow string
, the bowstring hieroglyph is used to define words of strength, hardness, durability, etc.
Language usage of bow string
The hieroglyphic language equivalent of the bowstring is "rwdj"
, and means "hard, strong, durable".
Rosetta Stone usage
In the 198 BC Rosetta Stone
, the bowstring hieroglyph has the unique usage in the final line of the Ptolemy V
decree, concerning the writing of the three scripts: the bowstring, as the word hard-(roodj) is used to describe the durability of the stone-stela:
- ... "Shall be engraved decree this upon a vertical-(mast (hieroglyph)) tablet-(stele) of stone hard -(durable)..in the 3-language scripts, ..''"Shall be made to stand it in the sanctuaries in temples all..."
Pharaoh Rudamun's name
Pharaoh Rudamun of the 23rd Dynasty, 757-54 BC has his name in two cartouches showing the use of the bowstring hieroglyph, (only one uses the bowstring). A white rock crystal vase has two cartouches above the hieroglyphic symbol for union (hieroglyph). One cartouche uses the bowstring hieroglyph and states his name: "A-mn-Rudj–A-mn-Mer", and is approximately: "Amun's Strength—Amun's Beloved".
- Budge. An Egyptian Hieroglyphic Dictionary, E.A.Wallace Budge, (Dover Publications), c 1978, (c 1920), Dover edition, 1978. (In two volumes) (softcover, ISBN 0-486-23615-3)
- Budge. The Rosetta Stone, E.A.Wallace Budge, (Dover Publications), c 1929, Dover edition(unabridged), 1989. (softcover, ISBN 0-486-26163-8)